Liane Olin is no stranger to adversity. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37, with three children under the age of three to care for. With the help of her husband, Vince, her healthcare team, her friends, and the Cancer Support Community, Liane got through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery.
A decade later, her life would be rocked once again—this time by a bullet through the windshield of the car she was driving down the 405 Freeway with her children in the backseat. Liane suffered internal bleeding in the brain, a skull fracture and days in the ICU, and was left with chronic pain, migraines and vertigo.
Rather than let these challenges get the best of her, Liane uses them to help others overcome their own obstacles through individual coaching and motivational speeches.
We hope you can join us for an evening with Liane on Wednesday, May 29, 6-7:30pm at CSCVVSB. In the meantime, she has generously shared three life-changing lessons she learned from her cancer experience.
- I learned the definition of hope
We all know the word hope, but my experience with Cancer Support Community taught me what hope feels like, looks like, and sounds like. Hope means you fight for your right to the best doctor. In my case it meant changing doctors until I found one who understood that I needed to fit chemotherapy into my life as a busy mom. Hope is the belief that something bigger is possible. I learned this at Cancer Support Community, and I remembered it ten years later when I was recovering from the gunshot and my neurologist told me there was nothing they could do and I should apply for permanent disability. I knew that was not going to work for me, so I fought for my own healing.
- I learned about the mind/body connection
During my cancer treatment and recovery, I found solace in the weekly qigong classes at Cancer Support Community. I didn’t completely understand why, but I knew that connecting movement and breath made me feel better. This mind/body connection played a huge role in treating the chronic pain from the gunshot injury. I worked with a pain psychologist to find other ways besides painkillers to deal with the pain.
- I learned how to ask for help
My cancer survival experience was my first realization that people really want to help. Sometimes we don’t even know what we need. Sometimes we’re afraid to admit we need help. But cancer taught me that we have to ask for help, and then we have to let people help. So when I was in the ICU the day I was shot, I told my husband to let my friends know what happened. We didn’t even know what we needed at that point, but I knew they would want to help, and they would figure out a way.
RSVP today for Liane’s speaking event at CSCVVSB on Wednesday, May 29 from 6-7:30pm.